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Will Personal Blogging Be The Same In 2023?

Will Personal Blogging Be The Same In 2023?

My intuition tells me that personal blogging is not going to change much in 2023.

Personal bloggers are known to do things somewhat differently than those who blog professionally (And, that will always be the case).

While the professional bloggers would be masterminding new ways to make money via their blogs, personal bloggers would be focusing their attention on having fun with their blogs.

I Predict That A Lot Of Personal Bloggers Are Not Going To Change Their Themes As Often

If you have paid close attention to the themes that WordPress had released lately (both free and premium), you would have noticed that there is nothing special about them; they are:

  • Bland
  • Ugly
  • Unimaginative

It is as though the era of beautiful-looking themes is dead.

I cannot blame a personal blogger for sticking with the theme that they first launched their blog with.

As a matter of fact, there are personal bloggers who have chosen to stick with their themes until they are no longer supported by WordPress.

For quite some time, I have been unable to preview new themes; whenever I try to preview them, the screen remains blank (It has been that way for me on my laptop computer and smartphone).

My educated guess is that they want me to upgrade to a paid plan in order for me to preview those new WordPress themes (I truly hope that I am wrong about that).

On a positive note, all of the WordPress themes are accessible. However, it makes no sense changing to a new theme if I am unable to preview it.

Why?

Because previewing a theme will let you know exactly if it is suitable for your blog and that can be deduced by:

  • The way the fonts look.
  • The size that the image is displayed at.
  • The places where the widgets are located.

In the past, all bloggers had the ability to change the font if they did not like the one that came with the theme.

Images did not appear oversized on one’s home page; therefore, there was really no need for a blogger to dabble with that.

And, placing the widgets anywhere you wanted was possible.

Today, one is unable to change the font or alter the size of the font on their WordPress theme (They have to upgrade their package in order for them to do those things).

And, I have a sneaky feeling, that they purposely made the images appear oversized on the home pages of those themes, so bloggers will have to upgrade their package in order for them to adjust them via the usage of CSS codes (Photos that are of a smaller size look huge and pixelated).

That, my friend, is probably a ploy for you to use larger images with those themes.

Guess what?

Larger images do take up more storage space than smaller ones. So, by using larger images, you will end up running out of storage space much faster (And, when you eventually run out of storage space, you will have to delete photos to make room for new ones or upgrade your WordPress plan).

This has me thinking that WordPress is pressuring its users on the free plan to upgrade to a paid one.

I would not doubt for one moment that those new themes were purposely sabotaged by WordPress’s engineering staff.

If I am unable to preview any of the new WordPress themes, I will stick with the theme that I am currently using.

Besides, going along with a new theme without having the ability to preview it, is akin to buying clothing at a store without trying it on to see how it fits on you.

We know what the item of clothing looks like, but we are not sure if it is going to fit our body’s form factor correctly.

I Predict That WordPress Is Going To Focus A Lot Of Their Attention On Mobile

Earlier on in this blog post, I referred to the WordPress themes as being, “Bland.”

Now, my friend, there is a logical reason for that (And, that reason probably went below the radars of most people).

All website administrators know that the simpler the theme is, the faster it loads. So, that could be one of the reasons why we are seeing so many minimalistic-looking themes on WordPress.

Dear friend, minimalistic-looking themes are most suited for those people who view blog posts via their tablet computers and smartphones.

But those minimalistic-looking themes usually do not go down well for those of us who blog via our laptop computers and our desktop computers, because we know that we deserve something that is more visually appealing.

As someone who utilizes both the web and the mobile versions of WordPress, I have noticed firsthand that the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App display our blogs in a standard minimalistic manner.

Where the web version of WordPress truly displays the way in which our blogs look, the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App do the opposite; for example:

  • Our theme looks way simpler on mobile (A person viewing your blog via a mobile device does not get to see the true beauty of your blog [and they will never have an idea of the effort that you went through to make your WordPress theme look visually pleasing] and that is somewhat unfair to you and all of the other people who take pride in how their blog look).
  • The formatting of our blog posts is drastically changed; if we centred our images and H2 headers, they will appear on the left side instead (And, that, in my opinion, is unfair to those bloggers who want their blog posts to appear professional-looking).
  • A lot of features are still missing from the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App; for example, drop-caps; which is something that I have grown accustomed to using on the web version of the Block Editor on WordPress.

My educated guess is that the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App are for those bloggers who desire a much simpler way of creating, publishing and viewing blogs on WordPress.

Despite WordPress focusing a lot of their attention on the mobile aspect of WordPress, the web version of WordPress is not going to disappear from off of the face of the internet anytime soon.

I Predict That More Personal Bloggers Would Be Participating In WordPress’s Daily Prompts

The newer bloggers (those who are eager to find a topic to blog about) will begin taking advantage of WordPress’s daily prompts.

Recently, I published, WordPress And Its Prompts on Renard’s World; in that blog post of mine, I discussed WordPress’s new practice of adding their daily prompts in the Block Editor of those who use the web version of WordPress.

Yesterday, I noticed that WordPress went one step further by also adding their daily prompts in the dashboard area of those people who use the web version of WordPress (That makes it difficult for a WordPress account holder to miss).

Therefore, the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App is not the only place where the WordPress daily prompts are blatantly visible.

Anyway, these daily prompts from WordPress will get a lot of personal bloggers in the habit of writing and publishing blog posts regularly in 2023.

I Predict That Some People Who View WordPress’s Paid Plans As Being Too Expensive Will Go Self-Hosted

Many people have complained about the paid plans on WordPress.com.

In an attempt to save money, a lot of people will go the self-hosted route by hosting their personal blogs over on:

  • Bluehost
  • SiteGround
  • GoDaddy
  • HostGator
  • GreenGeeks
  • InMotion

Truthfully, it all depends on what type of package that you choose and the quality of service and the amount of money that you will have to pay, will, of course, vary greatly on the hosting provider that you choose to go with.

The self-hosted route is not a walk in the park because it requires a much higher learning curve — one that is much higher than that of what bloggers need to know on WordPress.com (Those who blog over on WordPress.org are aware of this fact; so, you better know what the hell you are doing when you go the self-hosted route).

I Predict That There Will Be An Increase In The Number Of WordPress Bloggers For 2023

Economists have predicted a rise in the cost of living for 2023 (This will result in people being frugal with their spending).

Hard times will lead to a lot of people becoming frustrated with life; a portion of those people will create WordPress blogs — a medium that they can use as a form of escapism and also a place in which they could use to maintain their sanity.

So, expect to see an increase in the number of bloggers on WordPress in 2023.

I Predict That Some Personal Bloggers Are Going To Spend More Of Their Time Writing High-Quality Blog Posts

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that high-quality blog posts do well in the area of getting noticed on Google and Bing.

Also, is a well-known fact that readers tend to gravitate toward high-quality blog posts.

By the way, high-quality blog posts are:

  • Blog posts that are well-written.
  • Blog posts that are filled with useful information.
  • Blog posts that are evergreen.
  • Blog posts that are devoid of spelling and grammatical errors.

Realistically, having high-quality content on your blog works well in everyone’s favour (It is something that both professional bloggers and personal bloggers can utilize to their advantage).

Final Thoughts

So, those are my predictions for personal blogging in 2023; some of them may come to fruition, while some of them may never happen.

By the way, if they all came true, that would make me look like the modern-day Nostradamus (And, I do not want to be viewed as someone who is well-endowed with psychic abilities).

Please feel free to share your perspective on what you have just read.

And, most of all, thank you for reading!

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57 thoughts on “Will Personal Blogging Be The Same In 2023?

  1. Predicting things will focus on mobile… That’s a REALLY easy one. 🙂

    EVERYTHING is mobile focused anymore. Even some of the games being released on Steam anymore are mobile conversions to PC.

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      1. Since a goodly portion of your blog is devoted to Linux and IT issues, might I suggest a post alerting readers to the security holes in mobile platforms, especially where not considering what an app’s permissions are REALLY asking for?

        I’d do it myself, but nobody listens to me, lol.

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          1. Years of getting next to no comments, and dealing with a TON of drive-by likes from bloggers who treat WP as a game of trading likes to generate the illusion of popularity. 10 to 16 likes in a minute when my posts take 2 to 5 minutes to read… dead give-away. 😉

            It used to really frustrate me. NOW, I don’t take it personally, realize it’s a reflection of society more than anything, and just do my thing.

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  2. You have made me truly think. I use an iPad in everything WordPress involved. ‘Reader’ is the access into reading others’ blog uploads. There is no beauty in presentation. I am currently typing this in white lettering on my chosen dark mode black background. A basic presentation of your, and others, post. I read many blogs from my contacts list in the same way. Pushing the ‘reader’ link from my own web page brings me into this format on another page completely. Never ever opens up a web page ‘tab’. As said. Never onto others’ glorious website presentations. I will have to look into this conundrum. Thank you for sharing this. All the best.

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      1. Quick update Reynard. I just tapped onto the bloggers’ response images on my webpage. If other bloggers respond to my blogs? I can tap their small avatar and this opens up their own webpage site. So….part of the problem solved. Cheers.

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  3. I use my tab now to blog but I get frustrated that I don’t have any choice where the photo would be placed, (want it always centered) neither do I have a choice on font size.

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    1. Why can’t you center it? I know too many free WP themes act quirkily across different devices. Before settling on a theme, it’s best to check how it looks across all three options: desktop, tablet and mobile.

      But when composing on the block editor app, it should be the same for all themes. The image block positioning options should appear just above the keyboard.

      If you want text to appear beside or around an image, I find it better to use the columns block.

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      1. 🙂 Ian, I never said that those things cannot be centred. I was referring to those elements (such as images and H2 Heading) being perfectly set on your theme on the web version but appearing totally different (not respecting any of the formatting) on the WordPress Mobile App and the Jetpack Website Builder App.

        The get a better understanding of what I am talking about, I want you to look at this blog post on your laptop computer or your desktop computer (Which, by default, uses the web version of WordPress).

        Afterwards, look at this blog post in the Jetpack Website Builder (Which, of course, shows the mobile version).

        I guarantee you that they are going to look totally different.

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        1. Sorry, the thread may be confusing – my reply was to arlene. 🙂

          But I’ve checked a post and my image is centred across all three (obviously the mobile is too narrow to be of consequence but it is centred).
          But I’m using a tablet so there’s a possibility it’s still might not reflect the true version of a desktop, only a tablet’s version of the desktop. When I’m next on a desktop, I’ll check again. 🙂

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      2. Sorry, I’ve been using the same theme since 13 years ago. Unless I use a large image, there is no choice. When I was using my old PC everything was okay.

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        1. Wow, that’s a long time, arlene. I had an old theme too on an old blog. When I changed it, the images went all wrong. I started a new blog with a different theme as they stopped supporting that old theme – it’s “retired” they said, and I couldn’t get it back. Oh, well…
          🙂

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  4. Interesting predictions. Not having any real insight into what 2023 might bring forward in terms of personal blogging issues, I do think you may be bang on in terms of enhanced focus on the mobile technology. As so many people it appears are permanently attached to their smartphone, Ipad, tablet etc it does make sense the technology in terms of WordPress looks more closely at it.

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  5. I’m curious you have a free plan as you’re dedicated to blogging, Renard. I wonder whether there’ll be a free option in years to come. All other competing platforms have very limited free access. I fear more and more of the web is being monetised.

    The question is, if it came to it, would I pay up or pack it in? What would you do?

    At least the Reader presently isn’t so bad looking with regards to third party ads on free plans. The web version is awful and ugly intrusive. I really think if you’ve a free plan it’s a waste of effort going too far in customising the appearance; the ads will destroy the look you’re after.

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    1. 🙂 WordPress does provide coupons, but they are to do with getting paid plans at a discounted price.

      At the moment, a blogger can still do a lot with the free plan.

      Yes, those advertisements are annoying and intrusive; but they only appear at the bottom of the post.

      Once again, the mobile version is no respecter of formatting.

      If things do become overbearing in the future, I might consider upgrading to a paid plan.

      One of the nice things about being on a paid plan is that advertisements do not appear on your blog.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. The ads appear on mine between the post and the comments, which means to comment on a post, a reader has to scroll past the ads. ☹️

        Interestingly, after your reply about centered images, I checked several web search apps to check – they all showed my image centred in desktop.

        I have loads of these search apps on the iPad to try out – and the “incognito” ones don’t show the ads at all. The ad blocker must be default. Doesn’t work on the mainstream search apps. So, is it down to the audience to choose the right app to avoid ads, rather than the author pay to have them removed?

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  6. Great post, Renard. I have been using the same theme for a long time now because I can’t find anything better. I can view all of the newest themes that WP offers and they suck. What the heck? A company the size of WP should offer 150% more themes and much better themes than they do, very sad.

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  7. Interesting share!
    I think there will more people on wp
    But I will not call them blogger.
    They are random people with random thoughts. They will post for a while, then will disappear.
    More features are needed. Let’s see.

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  8. I am still using the same theme that I started this blog using: Plane. It’s unobtrusive, simple, easy to read, and, as far as I can tell, looks similar on both my iPhone using the iOS app, and on WordPress.com.

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  9. I have contemplated changing my theme, but I can never find one that I like. I know changing your theme can help bring in a new audience, but WordPress lacks creative templates! They are, as you said, ugly and bland which is why I haven’t changed my theme yet.

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  10. Nice points. I didn’t like the new block themes (in beta) earlier this year. Like you said, they’re too bland. I miss the classic themes. That’s one reason why I like being on Blogger now with my Simply Simple theme, with customized color and fonts. And it cost me nothing, there’s one simple plan: free. It also allows custom CSS if one wants. The price one pays, of course, is relying on Google…

    Anyways, my paid WordPress plan expires in 2023. I plan to let it go. I’ll check back about a month prior and see the status of WP then, just in case.

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  11. Renard, I’ve seen you share a few posts mentioned prompts from WordPress, but I’m unsure where/how to find them! Would you be able to explain further?

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    1. 🙂 Chelsey, these daily prompts from WordPress can be found in the dashboard area and in the Block Editor of the web version of WordPress.

      Those WordPress daily prompts also appear on the home page of the Jetpack Website Builder App.

      Regarding the WordPress Mobile App, I am not in a position to tell you whether or not the daily prompt is available there because I no longer use it.

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